Thanks again to Groupon, the huz and I had a little Saturday day-date planned this weekend.
First stop: Chelsea, Michigan. Neither of us had been to this nearby city before, but we love checking out new towns. Our somewhat random lunch choice was Cleary’s Pub on Main Street.
[Please excuse the poor lighting.] Usually I research online restaurant menus before visiting, since I am notoriously slow at deciding what I want, and like to have an idea in advance. Today I was wishing I did that because I again was having a tough time choosing lunch. Yeah, I know it’s just lunch, and not a life-or-death situation, but I am decisionally-challenged!
Eventually I chose The Pub Sandwich, which was a good choice, although maybe a tad heavy for lunch. Grilled chicken, sautéed onions, mushrooms, and jalapenos (didn’t find any of these?) were served in a steak bun, with melted Swiss cheese. The sweet, nearly-caramelized onions were my favorite part of this flavorful sandwich. I also made a hefty dent in the addicting French fries.
After lunch, we strolled down Chelsea’s Main Street, toward our next destination. On our way, we passed the headquarters of Jiffy! I love Jiffy mixes! I almost always have corn muffin mix on hand. (See here, here, here, and here for proof!)
Our next destination was where we would redeem our Groupon deal: Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.
Chelsea Teddy Bear Company offers a big selection of both customizable and pre-assembled stuffed bears and other huggables, as well as tours of their giant factory.
With our Groupon, we got to chose a bear to stuff ourselves, as well as design a customize a t-shirt for him to wear. We chose this little guy and stuffed him full o’ fluff together.
And we named him Love Bear. How cute is he?
This is why the huz and I are a good match: we love doing nerdy things like this together on a Saturday afternoon!
After Love Bear was ready to take home, we next drove to the Pinckney Rec Area for an approximately two mile hike on the trails near Silver Lake. Hiking is such a great workout! All the hills totally got my heart pumping.
On left we have Summer Squash and Corn Chowder, filled with creamy, thyme-seasoned veggie goodness, and topped with crumbled bacon, scallions, and sharp cheddar, while on the right we have Tomato Bruschetta.
You can find recipe for both of these dishes on the Cooking Light website and I could not recommend them more. This Tomato Bruschetta is incredible. Toasted baguette, rubbed with garlic, and topped with finely diced tomatoes and basil tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and seasoned with salt. Simple, yet out of this world.
I can’t wait to prepare Tomato Bruschetta with my own homegrown tomatoes. These babies on my patio are growing like monsters.
Currently listening to: Yellow (Live) – Coldplay.